Protecting Patients From Useless, Harmful Dietary Supplements a Never-Ending Challenge

It can be a short walk from “misleading and unsupported claim” to “dangerous” when it comes to dietary supplements. At best, a falsely advertised product will do nothing. At worst, users can get seriously injured or die. Federal regulators sometimes work proactively to protect patients from unproven and potentially harmful dietary supplements by identifying and…

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Bayer Pharmaceuticals Sued Over Safety Concerns of Birth Control Pills Yaz and Yasmin

Four separate lawsuits were recently filed against Bayer Pharmaceuticals due to safety concerns relating to two popular birth control pills, Yaz and Yasmin, according to Law.com. Bayer recently spent $20 million in an ad campaign to correct and clarify the potential side effects associated with taking Yaz and Yasmin. They initiated the campaign after receiving…

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Connection between Tuberculosis and Fluoroquinolones Such as Levaquin

The American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine recently published a study that found that nearly one in five tuberculosis patients had received fluoroquinolones in the year before they were diagnosed with TB.   Fluoroquinolones, or super-strong antibiotics, are typically given for about 10 days. It was noted that for every additional ten days a…

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Deadly Side Effects Associated with HIV Drug Intelence

The HIV drug Intelence, produced by Johnson & Johnson, has potentially deadly side effects including severe skin reactions and liver damage, according to the Associated Press. The skin reactions include cases of Stevens-Johnson syndrome, a life-threatening skin disorder which starts with fever, sore throat and fatigue. It’s extremely debilitating and causes the skin to burn…

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OTC Weight-Loss Drug Alli May Put Users at Risk for Liver Damage

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Monday that it “is reviewing adverse event reports of liver injury in patients taking the weight loss drug orlistat, marketed as the prescription drug Xenical and the over-the-counter medication Alli.” Thus, the poor safety record of weight-loss drugs seems unblemished. Or, more accurately, as filled with blemishes as…

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